FOR SALE — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

For Sale — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Back on the market (yet again) here at 1967beetle.com, this L639 zenith blue ’67 is a special car. (We listed it for the original owner a bit ago) If you appreciate period correct details etc, this is the ’67 you’ve been looking for. Even the running boards are the correct (faded) color! With dealership installed AC, this car is a “cool” find for sure.

“This is a documented one owner ’67 Beetle. We have all paperwork from original purchase to date. This timepiece has always been garaged kept. It has 37,440 original miles, of which many were towed miles. The paint is in mint condition. It has the first year that 12V system was installed and a very rare air conditioner under the dash. It is a York Air Compressor. It was delivered by the dealer in 1967 with headrests, trim rings, window vents, reverse lights and bumper guards. This is a real beauty.. I can verify all data since it is a family car. The interior is immaculate and original as is everything. Runs great.”

Status: FOR SALE
Mileage: 37,440
Location: Madison, Georgia
Price: Starting bid, $8,000.00
Contact: Bidding on eBay

FOR SALE — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle
Fresh on the market here at 1967beetle.com, this L639 zenith blue ’67 is a special car. If you appreciate unique details here and there, this is the ’67 you’ve been looking for. Also, take note of the correct, German ’67 front fenders. I can hear the sweet cadence of the engine from here.

Status: FOR SALE
Mileage: Unknown
Location: Clearwater, FL
Price: $11,750
Contact: Golden Classics  |  (727) 449-1962

Selling a Vintage Volkswagen

Selling a Vintage Volkswagen
Here’s a wealth of information in regards to selling a Vintage VW, from our good friend Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs in NY. One of the many things Chris and 1967beetle.com agree on is the lack of photos and information in current market listings. When selling a Vintage VW, it’s an up front investment. Chris explains below.

Let’s also talk a bit about the different types of sellers.

SOLD: L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE: L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

Just what we like to see here at 1967beetle.com; L633 VW Blue in all of its glory. This one will surely go fast. I’ve seen this car personally, and know the amount of detail that has gone into the restoration.

“The new engine was installed at 53,288, so it is not even broken in. It drives like new, no slop in the steering, adjusted just right. Drives straight and strong. No rust at all. There is a small dent on the top from a tree branch, bummer. I had a dent guy estimate $250 to repair it, but I would have had to pull the headliner. Otherwise, straight and clean. I did not replace the headliner or seat covers, they look to be original and in decent shape. The headliner is worn where the back seat rubs it on the side rails, but overall in great shape. The front seats look great, but the top of the back has small cracks from the sun. The transmission was built to ’67 specs. I can show it on Sunday’s and some evenings.”

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 53,288
Location: Encinitas, CA
Price: $10,500
Contact: Jim Chester  |  858-518-8008

Challenges of Vintage Car Ownership

Challenges of Vintage Car Ownership

Before I knew “Jonesie” (not his real name), he had purchased a Beetle which, by all logic, should have gone to the crusher. Never had he revived a car, much less a Bug. But, he had disassembled the car, removed the body from the chassis and proceeded to cut and weld and renew the car.

By the time we had met and become better acquainted, he was driving the vehicle but experiencing some major difficulties due to poor advice which he had received and some poor workmanship from a shop which rebuilt his engine and did some front end work.

I took Jonesie under consideration and introduced him to a bonafide VW mechanic and engine builder. Almost immediately the mechanic identified some of the problems. Together, we began solving and drawing the car out of its slump. It was gratifying to see Jonesie driving and enjoying his car. He talked about it, joined a local club, went on cruises and even was joined by his wife in his forays onto the highways.

I wasn’t surprised when he asked for help to build an authentic engine for his year of Beetle. After considerable expense, he soon was cruising with an engine to-kill-for—a real German engine from ring gear to crank pulley.

When he talked to me some months later and announced that he was selling his Beetle and all of his VW things, I was shocked. He told me that he had experienced a problem with his speedometer. Then, there was some other minor problem. These distractions bothered him and resulted in his disenchantment with a vintage vehicle. He plainly told me that he had not expected these things to happen. Clearly he was under the impression that once “restored”, the car was going to run without a hitch.

His has not been the first case I have observed! A person spends thousands of dollars and countless hours laboring to “get it right” only to have little stuff happen—usually when it is least expected and least appreciated—in terms of money, time and inconvenience!

I am a diehard VW fan who doesn’t like break-downs and other mechanical distractions, but I am in there for the long haul! I never have been under any delusion that a restored vintage car is going to be like a brand new car off the assembly line. Nothing is going to work exactly as it did in those days long past. Never!

In an article in the September-October, 2014 Saturday Evening Post, Jeanne Wolf interviewed Jay Leno—known the World ‘round for his vintage car collection and now-famous garage (pp.38-41 and 82). When but a boy, Jay was given a ’34 Ford Pickup to work on. His dad told him that if he could fix it, he could have it. Jay met the challenge and eventually had the truck running. He said about that first challenge: “You sort of learned to respect the machine and how to make it work. That’s probably what really got me into cars. And that’s what has kept me involved in creating my own collection and building the garage.”